Alberta Indigenous Games record a spike in attendance


Alberta Indigenous Games record a spike in attendance
  1. Alberta Indigenous Games record a spike in attendance
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    More than 1,000 kids are registered to participate in the Alberta Indigenous Games this week in Edmonton, smashing the previous attendance…
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More than 1,000 kids are registered to participate in the Alberta Indigenous Games this week in Edmonton, smashing the previous attendance record.

The sporting event is held every two years and in 2015, 485 youth participated.

Games coordinator Jacob Hendy said organizers lowered the cost to register this year from $100 per athlete to $400 for an entire team.

He also credits social media for the spike in participants.

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The games were founded by the late Allan Ross, who passed away shortly after the 2015 event. Hendy said Ross’ goal was to reach 1,000 participants.

“He would have been thrilled with the number of kids we have this year. This was his dream,” Hendy said.

The event is meant to bring together indigenous and non-indigenous youth for a week of competition and culture.

The opening ceremonies are at …

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